Dec. 14, 2005, Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G) will lower Lake Murray beginning January 2006 to conduct previously-announced maintenance work on the upstream portion of the original dam. The work will involve repairs to a 400-yard section of riprap that helps protect the dam from erosion due to natural as well as boat-created wave action.
To perform the work, SCE&G will lower the lake to approximately the 348-foot level. The goal is to bring the lake down approximately four inches each day beginning Jan. 1, weather permitting. It should take approximately two-to-three weeks to bring the lake level down and four-to-six weeks to perform the work. After riprap maintenance is completed, the lake level will be raised to 354 feet as quickly as reasonably possible, weather permitting. The goal will then be to achieve the normal high pool level of 358 feet by the summer recreation season.
Construction by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) of the two new northbound lanes across Lake Murray Dam is currently under way. That construction is expected to be complete for traffic phasing early in January 2006.
Once completed, traffic across the dam (in both directions) will be rerouted to the two new lanes. At that point, SCE&G will be able to conduct the maintenance work from the old roadway without interference with traffic flow. Traffic will continue to use the two new lanes while SCDOT completes its Highway 6 widening project on the southbound lanes on top of the dam, scheduled for completion in 2007.
SCE&G and SCDOT urge the public to use great caution while traveling in the area and to be especially aware of the lane shifts when approaching and traveling upon the dam.
For more information about the Highway 6 widening project, contact Brian Keys, project manager for SCDOT, at (803) 737-3511.
For more information, visit the Lake Murray page on SCE&G's Web site.